Just Friends- Part 2
Dumbed and lulled by his failed romantic love, he was now most of the time sad and reclusive. Everybody around him could not sense this gradual change in him. He was tired of himself and seldom spoke to friends and strangers. He constantly thought that he had failed and failed badly.
Time is greatest traitor, also greatest friend. It changes and goes away like river downhill. Nobody could stop its eternal flow and man is just another straw in itâs flow. Life is big, and time and life are greatest manifestation of eternal. Time changes, so does life.
He was in office and sat working at next dayâs presentation and then, he had to move abroad for another series of client meetings and inspections. He was relieved that after a long time he was going abroad and perhaps, it would take him away from his present pain. His present pain was again and again reloading his mind of his failure and itâs shadows. Life appeared lifeless and success appeared loss to him and he was heavily illusioned and illumination seemed faraway.
As he finished with his presentation and Q and, he moved straight to his airport cab with some quick snacks. He was not late, but he wanted to get away from people chit-chatting his failed relationship. One time he found solace, now he just avoided them as they were damaging him inside.
Finally, he boarded his plane to Middle east. In flight, he thought, âPerhaps another chapter.ââ
He slept on and off during the flight. Once the plane landed, he took the cab to the hotel. Now, he had meetings, presentations and talks that were significantly important to his career. Still shadows of past tormented him, but he somehow had learned to dumb and lull those thoughts.
Move On, Move On and Move On.
It was now a constant thought that was driving him forth. It was making him feel himself again and relaxing him. He often thought, âAm I running away?â
âUndoubtedly I am, but for right reasons.â
And then he returned to his job more energetically and forcefully.
During travel, one afternoon he was busy at his office meeting and he had meeting with a company client. It was meeting with biggest retail chain in Middle East. He was just going through his last minute notes and was brushing all the facts and figures to look confident during the talks. Finally, he rushed to meeting room.
He was alone in meeting and on opposite sat a young nice looking girl and two hardened corporate executives. He thought, âUmmmâŚWhat this girl is doing at the negotiations table.â
He was surprised to know after introductions that the girl was the senior and the two other accompanying men were members of the team.
The girl began, âSir, we were looking to meet you for a long time and it is after a long time this meeting happened. Fortunately we continuously dropped mails after mails, still nobody responded from your office. Certainly, We were bit taken aback at one point. You know what I meanâŚ Is everything ok?â
It was a blow from unexpected direction. He already realized how much business he was losing just because of his unspoken personal pain. He remained calm, âI understand your frustration. Frankly, it was wary and sad. Sorry again, I could to respond you earlier. WellâŚwe were going through major project deadlines and you know, were under great pressure perhaps that made it tough for us to respond. You know what I meanâŚI am really sorry.â
He was lost in explanations and that was really defensive in a corporate meeting. It was unprofessional and it was a loss at the very beginning. But he returned back calmly.
âWellâŚyes, I have compiled few papers and a draft agreement for you and I think, you must certainly go through it and yes, I have copies ready for you.â He said smilingly.
He had done a very through homework, so that he could enter into this agreement on a very strong footing. The trio was taken aback by this move as they thought that they could enter into discussions first and then move on to more formal aspect of putting the whole talk into writing. Now, they had one sided thoroughly thought out foolproof document, in which they were only wanting concessions and doing begging. Now they need to dig big holes in document.